Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone is by no means done exploring the administration of George W. Bush.
While producing new material for his upcoming documentary “South of the Border,” which explores the history of political and social movements in Latin America, Stone sat down to interview former Argentina president NÃƒÂ©stor Kirchner.
The subject inevitably turned to George W. Bush, the subject of Stone’s creative nonfiction feature “W”. In front of a film crew, Kirchner confided to Stone that the former U.S. president once directly told him, “The best way to revitalize the economy is war.”
“We had a discussion in Monterrey. I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan,” he claimed to have suggested. “And he got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war, and that the United States has grown stronger with war.”
Asked to clarify, Kirchner added: “He said that. Those were his exact words.”
Stone looked aghast, one finger gouging his left eye as if it pained him to hear the confession.
“Was he suggesting that South America go to war?” the director asked.
“Well, he was talking about the United States,” Kirchner replied. “The Democrats had been wrong. All of the economic growth of the United States had been encouraged by the various wars.”
“It is worth noting that despite the prosecution of two major wars, there wasÃ‚Â very minimal net job growth during BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tenure as president,” Think Progress added. “And of course, he bequeathed an economy thatÃ‚Â suffered massive job losses in his wake.”
When it was first announced, Stone’s “South of the Border” was characterized as “controversial” due to the director’s public statements on Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez.
“I think he’s an extremely dynamic and charismatic figure,” he’s quoted as saying. “He’s open and warmhearted and big, and a fascinating character.”
“Never has a revolutionary strongman seemed so lovable and cuddly,” National Public Radio summarized. “And Stone, the man who became famous for questioning the official story, never leaves Chavez’s embrace. Stone never asks a hard question. (Instead, he tosses out “Do you have any fun?” and “What time did you get to sleep last night?”) Stone never brings up anything controversial. There is no talk about how Chavez revoked the licenses of private TV and radio stations. There is never any mention of the human rights concerns raised by Amnesty International. Stone never talks to any Venezuelan citizen about the leader.
“Stone gives the same kid-glove treatment to Chavez’s allies. He plays soccer with the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. He asks the president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, how many shoes she owns.”
Time called “South of the Border” a “near sibling” to Michael Moore’s recent production, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”
The film is set to hit U.S. theaters late June.
This video was published to YouTube by user southoftheborderdoc on May 28, 2010.